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May 10th, 2011

Hiring freeze lifted

May 10, 2011

    The Adams County Commissioners unanimously agreed on Monday to lift the county hiring freeze and allow the Adams County Extension Board to fill a vacant Purdue Extension Service educator position.
    However, Commissioner Doug Bauman told a large group from the extension system in the county that the extension board must "be really, really creative" and "do a sales job to the county council," which provides part of the pay for that educator and also establishes the county's budget every year.

Berne senior center has money woes

May 10, 2011

    For the first time in the 15-year history of the South Adams Senior Center, the organization's board of directors will be forced to withdraw money from its endowment fund to meet budget obligations this year.
    And the center's financial outlook for 2012 is even more bleak.
    With that scenario serving as a backdrop, senior center board members and staffers appeared before Berne City Council on Monday evening to seek financial assistance in the city's next budget cycle.

May 9th

County students win $55,000 apiece in scholarship money

May 9, 2011

    Winning $111,000 in 73 minutes?
    Two high school students from Adams County did that on April 29 in a state auto skills repair contest sponsored by the Ford corporation and American Automobile Association.
    Billy Gilson, a senior at South Adams, and Jacob Bergdall, a junior at Adams Central, were the winning two-man team that defeated nine other tandems in the event at Indianapolis.

Monument to honor Rugg, city founder

May 9, 2011

    A monument to Samuel Rugg, who founded Decatur 175 years ago, will be unveiled in August as the final act of the city's celebration of that anniversary.
    The Samuel Rugg Monument Committee — consisting of Max Miller, Wylie Sirk, and Wes Kuntzman — has announced that the monument to Rugg will be placed near the western end of the Wendell Macklin Memorial Bridge on Monroe St.

May 6th

Daniels signs voucher plan into law

May 6, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels on Thursday signed into law a plan giving Indiana the nation’s most sweeping private school voucher program, and work is now beginning to make the plan a reality for thousands of Indiana parents.

Prayers given on Prayer Day

May 6, 2011

    Prayers spanning the gamut of human endeavor, good and bad, were offered at a 35-minute program at the Peace Monument in downtown Decatur during Thursday's annual National Day of Prayer. Nearly 200 people attended.
    The noon event on the Adams County Courthouse square featured 11 speakers: from short welcoming remarks by Mayor John Schultz and Dr. Robert Brink, pastor of Decatur Church of God, to longer comments from nine others in the local faith community.

Home Health move slated

May 6, 2011

    What originally started as a single-person department by former Washington Township trustee Bob Gay in Adams County over 35 years ago — with registered nurse Vickie Gagle in charge —  will soon be assumed by a new agency.

May 5th

Op Cleanup set to begin

May 5, 2011

    May has arrived and that means the city's Operation Cleanup soon will be under way, Bill Karbach, a member of the city's Board of Works and Safety, said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

County jail is being spruced up

May 5, 2011

    The Adams County Sheriff's Department is sprucing up the county jail and facing different situations regarding three deputy sheriffs.
    Sheriff Shane Rekeweg made the report at Monday's meeting of the commissioners, saying the public areas of the jail have been repainted, the hallways are being repainted, and the cellblocks will be repainted as soon as possible because the number of inmates is temporarily down.

May 4th

Referendum bid crushed

May 4, 2011

    Voters in the North Adams school district on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a general fund referendum which would have generated $1.25 million in additional property tax revenues annually for seven years.
    Ballot results showed 86 percent of district residents who went to the polls on Tuesday were not in favor of a tax increase. The final tally was 2,144-345 against the referendum.

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